Home Remedies for Leg Pain

Leg pain is a common problem, experienced by people of all ages. Pain can range from a dull ache to severe stabbing sensations. It can occur in one or both legs.

Some leg pain may be simply uncomfortable and annoying, whereas severe pain can affect your mobility or make it difficult to put weight on your leg. Other symptoms may include weakness, numbness or a tingling sensation.

There are various causes of leg pain. Most commonly, pain is due to a cramp, muscle spasm, muscle fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration or standing for a long time.

At times, pain can be a sign of muscle strain, tendonitis or stress fractures (overuse injury). Certain medical conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, restless leg syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, gout, varicose (spider) veins, and nerve damage can also cause this problem.

Dull or minor pain in aleg often disappears within a few days. You can ease the pain with proper rest, keeping the affected leg elevated, and other simple home treatments.

However, for severe pain that may be hampering your daily activities, consult your doctor.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for leg pain.

1. Cold Compresses

When leg pain occurs after strenuous physical activity, you can simply apply cold compresses. This will help reduce the pain by numbing the affected area and control swelling and inflammation.

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  1. Wrap a few ice cubes (or a bag of frozen peas) in a thin towel.
  2. Apply this pack on the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes, while keeping the leg(s) elevated.
  3. Do this a few times a day.

Note: Do not apply ice directly on the skin, as it may cause frostbite.

2. Massage

Massage promotes faster recovery from muscle damage that causes leg pain.

In a 2012 study published in the Science Translational Medicine journal, researchers concluded that 10 minutes of massage therapy attenuates inflammatory signaling after exercise-induced muscle damage.

In addition, massage improves blood circulation and helps relieve stress and anxiety.